Maunga Kura Toi

Bachelor of Māori Art (Whakairo)

  • Level 7
  • 3 years
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

The art of the carver was and still is something to be revered and sought after. On this degree you can develop a rich traditional body of knowledge while also earning the academic recognition of the modern world and the career opportunities that come with it.

Imagine the satisfaction you'll feel standing next to tekoteko or poupou you've carved. Follow in the footsteps of your tūpuna, and learn how whakairo can enrich your life and the life of your whānau.

Become a kaitiaki of the art of whakairo.

When you pass this degree, you'll get this qualification:

  • Bachelor of Māori Art Level 7

You'll learn about:

  • mātauranga Māori relating to whakairo
  • Māori language and tikanga
  • creative processes
  • research, writing and presentation skills along with academic conventions
  • reflective practice, how to analyse, critique and synthesise.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You might be eligible to apply to enrol in our master's programme, He Waka Hiringa - Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge or other graduate and postgraduate programmes.

I want to use my qualification

You'll be well equipped to be a practising carver or to work in:

  • gallery and exhibition work - exhibition design, curatorial work, front of house
  • teaching and arts facilitation
  • community-based practitioner - work with whānau, hapū, iwi and hapori.

How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits per year, for 3 years. Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

Year 1*

Option 1 (Face to Face):

  • kura whakaako - compulsory tutorials (10 hours per week)
  • 9 x 1-day wānanga (10 hours each)

You'll also need to complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for approximately 22 hours per week.

Option 2 (Noho):

Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

  • 10 x noho (25 hours per noho)
  • 1-day wānanga (10 hours)
  • kura whakaako - compulsory tutorials (4 hours per week)

You'll also need to complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for approximately 22 hours per week.

*Year 2 and 3 commitment requirements will be discussed towards the completion of each year.



Entry criteria

To be eligible for entry into the first year of this degree, potential students must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • attend an interview
  • provide evidence of your readiness to study at a degree level. This might be through:
    • successful completion of Kāwai Raupapa - Certificate in Māori Visual Arts Level 4
    • NCEA Level 2
    • a level 4 arts qualification of 120 credits
    • a creative portfolio and CV detailing experience.

Fee detail

The 2020 fees for this degree are:

Year 1: $5,328.33

Year 2: $4,830.49

Year 3: $4,411.44

GST Inclusive.

Are you eligible for fees-free study?

First time tertiary students studying fee paying programmes may be able to study fee free in their first year. To find out whether you are eligible for fees-free study for our fee paying programmes visit: feesfree.govt.nz.

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